Recently Emma won an award for her Auslan Studies at Melbourne Polytechnic and donated money she was awarded to our Youth Grants.
We recently spoke with Emma about her passion for Auslan.
Over the past seven years, Emma has been working as a Customer Relations Officer for Frankston City Council. As Frankston has the second highest concentration of sign language users in Victoria Emma saw the need for government services to be accessible and inclusive for the Deaf community. Emma chose to study a Diploma of Auslan at Melbourne Polytechnic because she was passionate about serving the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
Through learning Auslan, Emma has had the opportunity to be involved with the Deaf Community. Emma has volunteered at Deaf events and has attended Auslan conferences. Emma is supporting the Chef De Mission team to support the Australian Team to the Asia Pacific Deaf Games in Hong Kong in November 2019.
Emma says that learning Auslan has been an invaluable experience and helped her to gain a greater perspective of disability and the Deaf Community. Emma appreciates that the Deaf Community has welcomed her as a friend and ally.
Emma has applied her knowledge of Auslan and the communication needs of the Deaf Community in her workplace. Emma has been sharing her knowledge with her colleagues and other Council officers and departments to advocate for a better understanding of communication needs for the community members they serve.
Emma is continuing to follow her passion for Auslan and inclusion by studying a Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT University and her dream is to pursue a career as an Auslan Interpreter.
Deaf Children Australia would like to acknowledge Emma’s passion for Auslan and the Deaf Community. DCA thanks Emma for her donation to the Youth Grants.
Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants Program recognises the ideas and achievements of young deaf people from all over Australia and highlights the positive contributions that young deaf people make to society.
Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants were established in 2000 with support from our philanthropic partners. Deaf Children Australia adds to this Victorian funding to make the Youth Grants available Australia-wide.